I still havn't bought a bus yet. . . sorry. . . Well anyways, wanted to bounce a few ideas on painting off you all on here. I'm going to have to paint the bus I buy some sort of color, since the wife won't be seen dead camping in a yellow school bus. . . Me, I'd love to leave it yellow or repaint a shade of yellow that is not of the standard legal color only allowed for school buses.
Ok so now let's talk paint. . . If I were rich, I'd have the local truck repair shop shoot some nice automotive paint on the bus, that's not going to happen. I can easily rent a space in an industrial building around here to do the work, but I won't be allowed to spray in there even if I tent it all off. The easiest route with my situation and my abilities would be to paint with a roller and brush. And lets just face it, when people see a nice shiny paint job and hear it was done with a roller, it makes it even more impressive.
I see a lot of people using tractor paint and rustoleum for paint jobs. They both seem to roll out good, but has anyone done a bus in marine topcoat paint. Compared to the tractor paint and rustoleum, marine paint seems to come out shinier with less orange peel and roller marks. And, it's easily applied without spraying. As a kid, I lived near a small boat yard and I watched many boats get a fresh coat of paint on the hull done in the roller and tipping method. They were as shiny as a new car and the paint layed down flat enough to see a crisp reflection in the paint. Not to mention those paints have to probably be tough as hell since they are designed to be in constant salt water. I'm talking the single stage marine paints, the 2 part ones just make things trickier.
Here's a video plucked from the web I'd like to share. Here's a guy painting a boat and man does this paint look good
Now what does everyone think? Is this something that can be applied to a bus?